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The Food Act 1984 requires that all businesses that manufacture, sell, handle, prepare, package, store, serve, supply, or repackage food must be registered with their local council. There are two exceptions, namely raw meat and seafood manufacturers, processers and retailers (licensed by PrimeSafe) and dairy manufacturers and distributors (licensed by Dairy Food Safety Victoria).
Follow these steps to register your business:
Where a building permit is required, please:
For information regarding the town planning requirements please visit http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Forms-Planning.html.
For information regarding the building requirements http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Forms-Building.html.
Depending on the food your community group or not-for-profit body is selling, you will be classified into one of the following depending on the risk and number of consecutive days you are selling food for.
To assist community groups or not-for-profit organisations wanting to raise funds by selling food, click on the following links to view Department of Health information that assists community groups to understand and meet their food safety obligations when selling food to raise funds in Victoria:
All new food businesses should submit two copies of floor plans and specifications in accordance with Council's Guidelines for Registering Commercial Food Premises (1.52MB) for the design and construction of food premises.
Businesses planning to operate from a domestic kitchen should also refer to Operating a Domestic Food Business (72.68kB) and Fire Safety Guidelines - Mechanical Exhaust System (430.95kB)
Plans and specifications should be drawn to a scale of not less than 1:100 showing:
To submit your plans, please contact Council's Environmental Health Unit on 9262 6197 to request an Application for Pre-registration Approval form.
It is a legal requirement for all Class 1 and Class 2 food businesses to have a Food Safety Program in place before they open. A Food Safety Program is a written plan that shows how your business will manage the safety of the food you prepare, serve, manufacture or sell.
The Food Safety Program can be based on a Department of Health and Human Services approved template (a standard FSP) or be an Independent (or non-standard) FSP (audited by a third party auditor).
A hard copy of the Department of Health and Human Services Template 1 version 3 (for Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses) is available from the Whitehorse Civic Centre or you can download the template from the Department of Health and Human Services website. To assist your business in complying with the food safety program record keeping, please download the Food Safety Program Template Version 3-12 Month Record Booklet (738.59kB).
A computer generated template can be created at www.foodsmart.vic.gov.au (a copy must be printed off and kept at the food premises).
Further information regarding Food Safety Programs can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Class 1 and Class 2 food businesses will need to have a nominated Food Safety Supervisor. This person will be responsible for the implementation of the Food Safety Program. The Food Safety Supervisor is a person who:
All Class 1 and Class 2 food businesses are required to provide Council with the name and qualifications of the Food Safety Supervisor. This is usually done by submitting a copy of the Food Safety Supervisor’s Statement of Attainment. Further information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Food Safety Supervisor can be found at the Department of Health website.
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